Fifa is investigating how superstar chef Salt Bae and various different individuals gained “undue access” to the pitch on the finish of the World Cup remaining in Qatar.
Salt Bae, the Turkish chef whose actual identify is Nusret Gokce, was pictured holding and kissing the World Cup trophy whereas celebrating with Argentina gamers after their win over France.
Fifa guidelines state the trophy can solely be held by a “very select” group of individuals, together with event winners, Fifa officers and heads of state.
In an announcement to BBC Sport, a Fifa spokesperson stated: “Following a review, Fifa has been establishing how individuals gained undue access to the pitch after the closing ceremony at Lusail stadium on 18 December.
“The suitable inner motion will probably be taken.”
Salt Bae owns a chain of luxury steakhouses and rose to fame in 2017 after his technique for preparing and seasoning meat became an internet meme.
Many current and former footballers, including Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, have eaten at Salt Bae’s restaurants.
In November, during the World Cup, he posted a video of himself embracing Fifa president Gianni Infantino, with whom he was later pictured in the VIP seats at a game with Brazil legends Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu.
Messi appeared to disregard Salt Bae within the hectic scenes after Argentina’s win because the chef tried to get his consideration.